James Shields Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding White Sox SP

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields could reportedly be moved for the second time this season before the Aug. 1 trade deadline.   Continue for updates. Shields Back on Trade Block as Deadline Looms Wednesday, July 27 Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Wednesday the White Sox, who acquired Shields from the San Diego Padres in early June, have made him available following a recent hot streak. Shields struggled to meet expectations in San Diego after signing a monster four-year, $75 million contract ahead of the 2015 campaign. He ended up posting a 4.00 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 44 starts with the organization. The White Sox acquired him in an effort to bolster the rotation following the team's strong start to the season. The early returns were disastrous, however, as he allowed at least six earned runs in each of his first three starts with the South Siders. The 34-year-old right-hander has been better since ...


MLB Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz Surrounding Chris Sale, Jay Bruce and More

There are just a few days left before Major League Baseball's August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, and the rumor mill is replete with tidbits regarding some of the best players in the league.With their starting rotation in tatters and the NL West lead in sight, the Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to make moves and acquire a front-line starting pitcher. Should that pitcher be Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, the Dodgers are reportedly not above parting with a top prospect, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman:  As of Monday, the Dodgers’ sense was the White Sox were not yet motivated to move Chris Sale or even well-regarded No. 2 starter Jose Quintana. But I have heard if that changes, the Dodgers would be more aggressive with Sale than they were with Hamels, up to including top prospect, lefty Julio Urias, to front a strong package. The Dodgers would not include ...


Ranking the Top Players Still Available at the 2016 MLB Trade Deadline

Any list that ranks the top available players at the trade deadline must first be qualified by its criteria. Simply being among the most talented players available won’t put a guy on the list. There are few exceptions, though, like Mike Trout who sits atop this list. Even though he fills the other criteria, his otherworldly talent is enough reason to rank him first. Still, in compiling the following list of players, we not only took into account their 2016 seasons, but also the value and duration of their contracts. A player signed beyond 2016 has a higher value than a rental of equal talent preparing to hit free agency after this season. If a player is one of the few available at his position, that also increases his value. Supply and demand applies to the trade market as much as our economy. So aside from Trout, who are the best available players as ...


5 Surprises We Could See on 2016 MLB Trade Deadline Day

Days before August 1's MLB trade deadline, two All-Star pitchers have already changed leagues. The Boston Red Sox kicked off the summer activity by acquiring Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres. While it was hardly a surprise to see them locate another arm, teams typically don't find 27-year-olds under team control. After weeks of asking whether the New York Yankees are buyers or sellers, they offered a hint by sending Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for a loot of talent. Top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres alone is a great return for a two-month reliever rental, but the Bronx Bombers also got back Adam Warren and two other prospects for their troubles. Chapman to the Cubs shouldn't have stunned anyone, as the National League Central leaders were on the market for a left-handed reliever. The return, however, was more than even Yankees general manager Brian Cashman could have reasonably expected. Are there any ...


Dee Gordon Return Like a Trade Deadline Steal for Contending Marlins

Dee Gordon will return to the big leagues on Thursday, and you're allowed to have mixed feelings about that.  On the one hand, the Miami Marlins second baseman served his time—an 80-game suspension under MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy.  On the other hand, the icky emotions associated with Gordon's positive PED test—which revealed testosterone and the synthetic steroid clostebol—won't simply evaporate. He is a reminder that PEDs still permeate the game nearly nine years after the release of the infamous Mitchell Report. His past accomplishments are tainted; his future exploits are dipped in suspicion. Still, it must be said: Gordon's comeback will almost surely help the Marlins' push for the postseason. It's not every year a club adds the defending National League batting champion in late July without surrendering a single trade chip. Entering play on Wednesday, Miami sits at 54-46, a half-game up on the New York Mets for the NL's second wild-card slot. If the Marlins reach ...


Will Joey Gallo Finally Seize Opportunity to Showcase Freakish Power in MLB?

Joey Gallo is very good at hitting the ball over the fence. In fact, he did it Tuesday in his first game since the Texas Rangers recalled him.  It came in the fifth inning of the Rangers' 6-3 loss to the Oakland A's. Like most Gallo blasts, it was impressive—a no-doubt drive to left-center field off Oakland starter Sonny Gray that might as well have lit up the scoreboard the moment it touched his bat. Now, the question becomes: Can the 22-year-old showcase his prodigious pop frequently enough to stick in The Show and help the Rangers win a second consecutive American League West title? Gallo, a Texas first-round pick in 2012, made his MLB debut last season. He showed flashes, hitting six home runs in 36 games, including one that traveled an estimated "true distance" of 471 feet, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, which tied him for the 13th-longest homer of the ...


Drew Storen to Mariners: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

The Toronto Blue Jays traded reliever Drew Storen and cash considerations to the Seattle Mariners for another reliever in Joaquin Benoit on Tuesday, according to the Mariners' official PR Twitter account. Storen, 28, has had his struggles at times with the Blue Jays this season, going 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched. He's served primarily as the team's setup man with Roberto Osuna firmly entrenched as the team's closer. Indeed, the past two seasons have been interesting ones for Storen. After finally being handed the reins to the Washington Nationals closer's gig for much of last season, Storen responded with 29 saves. But the Nationals traded for Jonathan Papelbon and moved him into the closer's role, moving Storen back to the ninth inning. The decision backfired dramatically. Not only did Storen desire to be traded (per James Wagner of the Washington Post) after Papelbon was acquired, but his ...


Full-On Power: The Top 8 Power Sluggers in the Game This Season

When it comes to sluggers, there's been no match for Boston Red Sox designated hitter and first baseman David Ortiz in 2016. Big Papi leads all big leaguers in slugging percentage, doubles, extra-base hits and Isolated Power (ISO). It's that final category that carries the most significance in this debate. When it comes to judging power, there's no better stat for doing so than ISO. Just consider how FanGraphs defines it: "Isolated Power (ISO) is a measure of a hitter’s raw power and tells you how often a player hits for extra bases." According to FanGraphs, the average MLB player clocks in with an ISO of .140, and a mark of .250 is considered "excellent." On this list, everyone has an ISO of .278 or higher. Using ISO as our measuring stick, let's take a look at the mashers who join Ortiz in the rankings of the top power hitters of 2016.  Begin Slideshow


MLB Trade Rumors: Analyzing Buzz on Chris Sale, Wade Davis and More

MLB's August 1 non-waiver trade deadline is quickly approaching, and the rumor mill is churning.  The first blockbuster move of the season was officially completed Monday with the Chicago Cubs' announcement that they had acquired New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in exchange for prospects. Monday's move may start a chain reaction of other deals, especially in the National League, as teams look to keep pace with the Cubs. Here's a look around the league at some of the latest rumors and reports.                            Chris Sale, White Sox Despite his team-imposed suspension for a clubhouse outburst, Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale remains the hottest name on the trade market. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports broke down the market for Sale on Monday, naming Boston Red Sox prospects Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi as well as Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Julio Urias as potential young stars who could help pry Sale from ...


Trevor Rosenthal Injury: Updates on Cardinals RP’s Shoulder and Return

The St. Louis Cardinals placed reliever Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right shoulder injury.  Continue for updates. Struggling Rosenthal on DL with Shoulder Inflammation Tuesday, July 26  The team recalled Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis as Rosenthal's replacement on the major league roster. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reported Rosenthal is dealing with inflammation in his rotator cuff. Rosenthal, 26, is 2-4 with a 5.13 ERA and 2.04 WHIP in 40 appearances. An All-Star in 2015, Rosenthal has struggled all season and lost his closer job to Seung Hwan Oh in June. "I'm not the first person this has happened to," Rosenthal said, per Mark Saxon of ESPN.com. "I'm not going to be the last person, and all these guys know I work my butt off and I try every day. It's all I can control." Rosenthal's performance hasn't improved since being removed from ninth-inning duties. He was 0-1 with a blown save and a 5.68 ERA in the ...


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